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The project, which takes place in cooperation with the Methods Centre and VCRP, aims to provide optimal support for the choice of studies and to enable targeted study preparation. Online self-assessments, OSA, support prospective students in their choice of subject and help to reduce drop-out rates. Their value is increased by flexibly usable e-learning offers for demand-oriented post-qualification.

Among other things, diagnostic prior knowledge tests and complementary, modular e-learning offerings will be developed for this purpose. The aim is to enable prospective students not only to realistically check their individual study prerequisites but also to improve them in a targeted manner before starting their desired studies.

The concept envisages a modular design of the courses so that, after prior self-testing (diagnostics), it is possible in particular to close specific gaps in sub-areas of a field of knowledge.

By means of actual/target comparisons based on the self-tests for interdisciplinary study ability and subject-specific previous knowledge, prospective students receive differentiated feedback on the areas in which they need to acquire additional qualifications. This feedback contains information on the relevance of the areas of deficit identified in the actual/target comparison for a successful start in the specific course of study at the University of Koblenz-Landau and at the same time points out suitable qualification offers.
Together with the representatives of the study programme, the typically deficient areas of prior knowledge for the specific study programme are identified. After the identification of an area (e.g. mathematics), the relevant deficient areas of prior knowledge are to be described and delimited in more detail by means of a didactic system or a system recognised in the respective subject (e.g. in the form of a grid). On this basis, the project:

  • develop appropriate / valid prior knowledge tests as diagnostic instruments and
  • suitable complementary e-learning modules for (post-)qualification are designed and developed.

An extension of the use of the prior knowledge tests and the e-learning modules to a use in teaching is possible due to the modularity.

In cooperation with the study programmes, e-learning qualification modules (e.g. ePrecourses, ePropädeutika, ePortfolios) are created for relevant study requirements in order to be able to offer prospective students suitable (post-) qualification offers for identified deficits (e.g. in mathematics). Of particular interest are prerequisite areas that are relevant for as many study programmes as possible.
Due to their planned modular structure and their implementation as e-learning, the aim is to achieve the most flexible usability possible in the student life cycle.

Based on the needs and requirements in the departments, suitable methodical-didactic e-learning concepts for the (post-)qualification of prospective students will be developed in consultation with the experts and didactics specialists in the departments. The learning contents of the eL modules are contributed by the departments. The media implementation of the offers is carried out in close coordination with the subject experts and subject didactics.

The project is funded from the programme budgets of the 3rd phase of the Higher Education Pact 2020 under the funding line "Programme to increase permeability". The author is responsible for the content of this publication.